Telling the truth to seriously ill children

Grant number: DP170102906 | Funding period: 2017 - 2021



This project aims to investigate how doctors and parents give information to young children who have serious medical conditions. Ethical and clinical guidelines agree that even young children should be given open, accurate and honest information in a developmentally appropriate way. However, doctors find this a challenging and uncertain area, and children do not receive open communication. This project aims to understand factors influencing the doctors and parents‘ real-life decisions of what and when to tell a child; undertake a practical ethical analysis; and produce practical guidelines and educational resources for parents and doctors. This project intends to improve the experience for y..

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